Swedish Female Writers

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Britt Ekland
(Actress whose major films include 1974's The Man with the Golden Gun and 1967's The Double Man)
Britt Ekland
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Birthdate: October 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Britt Ekland is a Swedish actress, singer, and model. One of the leading actresses in Sweden during the 1960s and 1970s, Ekland also established herself as a sex symbol and achieved international prominence when she appeared as a Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun. Britt Ekland was also one of the most photographed actresses during the 1970s.

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Astrid Lindgren
(Swedish Writer Known for Her Children's Books: ‘Pippi Longstocking’ and ‘The Six Bullerby Children’)
Astrid Lindgren
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Birthdate: November 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vimmerby, Sweden
Died: January 28, 2002

Astrid Lindgren was a Swedish writer remembered for authoring children's book series and children's fantasy novels. In 1967, the Astrid Lindgren Prize was established in her honor. Lindgren was honored with the Right Livelihood Award in 1994 for her work as a children's writer. In 2017, it was revealed that Lindgren is the 18th most translated author in the world. 

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Selma Lagerlöf
(First Woman to Win the Nobel Prize in Literature)
Selma Lagerlöf
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Birthdate: November 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mårbacka, Värmland, Sweden
Died: March 16, 1940

Selma Lagerlöf was a Swedish teacher and author. In 1909, Lagerlöf became the first woman to receive the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1914, she became the first woman to be elected as a member by the Swedish Academy. In 1991, Selma Lagerlöf was depicted on a Swedish banknote, becoming the first woman to enjoy this honor, albiet posthumously.

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Camilla Läckberg
(Swedish Crime Writer)
Camilla Läckberg
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Birthdate: August 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fjällbacka, Sweden

One of Sweden’s most successful crime authors, Camilla Lackberg is known for her iconic books such as The Stonecutter, The Golden Cage, and The Stranger. Her books were also adapted into TV series. Called The Rock Star of Nordic Noir, she is also a former economist and a co-owner of a jewelry business.

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Nelly Sachs
(German-Swedish Poet and Playwright, Known for His Play ‘Eli: Ein Mysterienspiel vom Leiden Israels')
Nelly Sachs
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Birthdate: December 10, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany
Died: May 12, 1970

Nelly Leonie Sachs, internationally noted German-Swedish poet and dramatist, wrote conventional romantic poems until the rise of Nazism brought about a drastic change in her life. Forced to flee to Sweden, she began writing about the grief and yearnings of her fellow Jews, concurrently translating German works into Swedish and vice-versa. She won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1966.

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Gunilla von Post
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Birthdate: July 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: October 14, 2011

Gunilla von Post was a Swedish aristocrat best remembered for her 1997 book Love, Jack, which revealed an intimate relationship with John F. Kennedy during the 1950s. In 2010, Gunilla von Post auctioned some of the letters penned by Kennedy to her.

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Eva Gabrielsson
(Swedish Author, Feminist, and Political Activist)
Eva Gabrielsson
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Birthdate: November 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lövånger, Sweden

Swedish author, feminist, and political activist Eva Gabrielsson is also an architect who chiefly deals in house and office construction with sustainable architecture. She was a partner of Swedish author Stieg Larsson till his death. Apparently, they never married to keep their whereabouts a secret from extremists.

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Taslima Nasrin
(Bangladeshi-Swedish Writer Known for Her Writing on Women’s Oppression and Criticism of Religion)
Taslima Nasrin
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Birthdate: August 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mymensingh, Bangladesh

Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi-Swedish writer, feminist, physician, activist, and secular humanist. An internationally recognized author, Nasrin is renowned for expressing feminist views and her criticisms of religions. Taslima Nasrin is a recipient of many prestigious awards such as the Sakharov Prize, Freethought Heroine Award, and Erwin Fischer Award.

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Lena Anderson
(Illustrator, Writer)
Lena Anderson
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Birthdate: May 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Internationally renowned children’s book author and illustrator Lena Anderson began working in the publishing industry at age 16 and first gained fame with her book Linnea in Monet's Garden, which was one of her many collaborations with author Christina Björk. She is known for creating her much-loved character Maja.

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Ingrid von Rosen
(Former diarist who was married to Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman in the latter half of her life)
Ingrid von Rosen
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Birthdate: January 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: May 20, 1995

Ingrid von Rosen was a Swedish diarist best remembered for her marriage with popular film director Ingmar Bergman. Ingrid von Rosen's diary, which is a part of Ingmar Bergman's biographical work Three diaries, revealed many secrets about their relationship and children.

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Signe Hasso
(Actress)
Signe Hasso
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Birthdate: August 15, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: June 7, 2002
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Linda Bostrom Knausgard
(Award-Winning Swedish Swedish Author and Poet)
Linda Bostrom Knausgard
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Birthdate: October 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sweden

Swedish poet and author Linda Bostrom Knausgard is known for her novels Helioskatastrofen and the August Prize-winning Välkommen til Amerika, or Welcome to America. She is also the former wife of Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård and the daughter of actor Ingrid Boström.

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Asa Larsson
(Writer)
Asa Larsson
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Birthdate: June 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
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Amanda Ooms
(Actress, Writer)
Amanda Ooms
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Birthdate: September 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kalmar, Sweden

Swedish-born Dutch actor Amanda Ooms is best known for her appearance in the Swedish TV show Stjärnorna på slottet. She was also seen in The Expendables 2 and has been part of countless Swedish shows and movies. An author, too, she has penned books such as Tåla mod.

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Maj Sjowall
(Writer)
Maj Sjowall
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Birthdate: September 25, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: April 29, 2020
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Ellen Key
(Swedish Difference Feminist Writer)
Ellen Key
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Birthdate: December 11, 1849
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sundsholm, Sweden
Died: April 25, 1926

Mostly educated at home by her mother and her governess, Ellen Key grew up to be a well-known difference feminist author, concurrently playing important role in the Modern Breakthrough movement. Also a suffragist, she wrote on varied subjects including family life, ethics and education, advocating child centric teaching as well as parenting, inspiring many authors and educators including Maria Montessori.

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Karin Boye
(Considered as One of the Leading Poets of Swedish Modernism)
Karin Boye
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Birthdate: October 26, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Died: April 24, 1941

Apart from being a famous poet in Sweden, Karin Boye also gained international fame with her sci-fi novel Kallocain. She was one of the chief figures of Swedish modern poetry and of the Clarté Socialist movement. After separating from her economist husband, Leif Björk, she had 2 lesbian relationships. She died by suicide.

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Liza Marklund
(Writer, Journalist)
Liza Marklund
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Birthdate: September 9, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Piteå
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Elsa Beskow
(Writer)
Elsa Beskow
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Birthdate: February 11, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: June 30, 1953

Also known as Sweden's Beatrix Potter, Swedish children’s author Elsa Beskow is best remembered for her iconic books such as Children of the Forest and Pelle's New Suit. Elves, goblins, and farm animals often appeared as characters in her books. The Elsa Beskow Award was named in her honor.

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Eva Dahlgren
(Musician, Songwriter)
Eva Dahlgren
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Birthdate: June 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Umeå, Sweden

Eva Dahlgren is a Swedish pop singer, songwriter, and musician. She is best known for her 1991 studio album En blekt blondins hjärta, which earned her five Swedish Grammy Awards and sold more than half a million copies. Eva Dahlgren is also credited with composing the score for the 2015 movie Ingrid Bergman: In My Own Words.

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Clara Henry
(Actress)
Clara Henry
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Birthdate: April 9, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gökskulla, Landvetter, Sweden
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Lisa Langseth
(Swedish Film Director and Screenwriter)
Lisa Langseth
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Birthdate: April 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Lisa Langseth is a Swedish film director and screenwriter. She is best known for directing films like Pure, Hotell, and Euphoria. After beginning her career as a theatre director and playwright, Langseth went on to establish herself as an acclaimed film director. Many of her films have achieved critical acclaim and have been premiered in film festivals around the world. 

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Carolina Gynning
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Birthdate: October 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden
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Siri Barje
(Chef and Cookbook Writer)
Siri Barje
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Birthdate: May 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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Fredrika Bremer
(Swedish Writer and Feminist Reformer)
Fredrika Bremer
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Birthdate: August 17, 1801
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Died: December 31, 1865
Fredrika Bremer was a Finnish-born Swedish feminist reformer and writer. She is credited with popularizing literary realism in Sweden. Bremer is best remembered for her 1856 novel Hertha, which inspired Sophie Adlersparre to start Sweden's first women's magazine, Home Review. In 1884, Sweden's first women's rights organization was named after Fredrika Bremer.
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Eva Dahlbeck
(Actress)
Eva Dahlbeck
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Birthdate: March 8, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saltsjö-Duvnäs, Sweden
Died: February 8, 2008
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Kajsa Ekis Ekman
(Swedish Author and Journalist)
Kajsa Ekis Ekman
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Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Kajsa Ekis Ekman is a Swedish freelance writer who writes for the anti-trans website Feminist Current and conspiracy theorist website Steigan.no. Her anti-transgender views have earned her notoriety and media attention. In 2010, she received the Robespierre Prize. In 2020, her critiques of capitalism earned her the prestigious Lenin Award.
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Hedi Fried
(Writer and Psychologist)
Hedi Fried
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Birthdate: June 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sighetu Marmației, Romania

Hedi Fried is a Swedish-Romanian psychologist and author. She is best known as a Holocaust survivor, having passed through Bergen-Belsen as well as Auschwitz before reaching Sweden in July 1945. Over the years, Hédi Fried has been honored with several awards such as the Seraphim Medal, Natur & Kultur Culture Award, and Olof Palme Prize.

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Moa Martinson
(Swedish Novelist Who Was Among the First to Write About the Agricultural Labourer of the Swedish Countryside)
Moa Martinson
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Birthdate: November 2, 1890
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vårdnäs, Sweden
Died: August 5, 1964
Moa Martinson was a Swedish writer whose works were honored with the prestigious Nine Society's Grand Prize in 1944. During the feminist movement in the 1970s, Martinson served as a role model for female authors, especially in the Nordic countries. Moa Martinson's life and career inspired the 1986 biographical film Moa where Gunilla Nyroos played the title role.
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Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril
(Swedish Writer and Literary Critic)
Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril
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Birthdate: March 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden

Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril is a Swedish writer best known for her debut novel Stjärneborg, which received the prestigious Katapult Prize in 2004. In addition to her work as a writer, Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril has also been a literary critic for Dagens Nyheter and Göteborgs-Posten, two of Sweden's largest newspapers.

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Victoria Benedictsson
(Swedish Author Known for Her Natural and Unpretentious Stories of Swedish Folk Life)
Victoria Benedictsson
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Birthdate: March 6, 1850
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Trelleborg Municipality, Sweden
Died: July 21, 1888
Victoria Benedictsson was a Swedish author best remembered as one of the greatest exponents of Swedish realism. Today, she is widely regarded as an early feminist as many of her novels discussed women's rights and the inequality of marriage. Victoria Benedictsson committed suicide at the age of 38.
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Sara Lidman
(Writer)
Sara Lidman
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Birthdate: December 30, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Västerbotten, Sweden
Died: June 17, 2004
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Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht
(Swedish Feminist and Poet Known for Her Sensitive Love Poems)
Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht
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Birthdate: November 28, 1718
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: June 29, 1763
Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht was a Swedish poet, salon hostess, and feminist. Such was her popularity that she was the only female member of a popular literary fellowship called Tankebyggarorden, which was active in the 1750s and early 1760s. Hedvig Charlotta Nordenflycht was also popular in Germany and one of her poems was appreciated by Empress Elizabeth of Russia.
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Anna Maria Lenngren
(Swedish Poet and Women’s Rights Activist)
Anna Maria Lenngren
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Birthdate: June 18, 1754
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
Died: March 8, 1817
Anna Maria Lenngren was a Swedish poet best remembered for her 1794 poem, Advice to my dear daughter, if I had one. One of the most popular poets in Swedish history, Lenngren enjoyed great success and her works are widely read even today! She is also remembered for her fight against male double standards prevalent during her time.
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Annette Kullenberg
(Journalist, Author)
Annette Kullenberg
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Birthdate: January 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: January 28, 2021
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Birgitta Trotzig
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Birthdate: September 11, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Died: May 14, 2011